Simon Pegg Becoming a British Comic Book Geek Named Paul
British actor Simon Pegg is definitely on his way to becoming a huge movie star. After breaking out with Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, he went on to star in Run, Fatboy, Run and is also starring in How to Lose Friends & Alienate People later this year. We all know he plays Scotty in J.J. Abrams' Star Trek, but what else is on the plate for Pegg? Typically whenever Edgar Wright announces something, Pegg is usually involved, although he's not part of Scott Pilgrim this time. In addition to World's End, the third Wright, Pegg, Frost team up, Pegg also mentioned he has another script called Paul that he wrote together with Nick Frost. And this time he'll play a British comic book geek.
Pegg spoke with IGN at Cannes and shared some brief details on what to expect. "I just finished a script with my writing partner Nick Frost and that is called Paul and we're going to shoot it later this year or early next year. It's a road movie set in America about two British comic book geeks that get into an adventure across America. Write what you know as they say." You have got to be kidding me - this sounds like an awesome idea! While Edgar Wright won't be directing this one, Pegg only let loose that "it's someone really cool." I'm sure we can expect that announcement soon enough, but until then, I think we'll need to revel in this brilliance.
In my short time as a movie journalist, I've been able to attend such comic conventions as WonderCon, New York Comic Con and the granddaddy of them all, the San Diego Comic-Con. My respect and appreciation for comic books and especially passionate comic book geeks has grown immensely since I began attending these cons. So simply hearing that Frost and Pegg, who are naturally comic book geeks anyway, have written a script about British comic book geeks most likely geeking out at various cons (and other places) across America sounds absolutely incredible! I don't care how far along in production this is, I'm frickin' loving it! I just hope the director is someone who can actually maintain the spirit of the script on screen. We'll see who they've got soon enough.
As for the latest on World's End, Pegg did say the following. "Edgar is off doing Scott Pilgrim and then we'll get back together and do our third one together, provisionally title World's End but that was a premature announcement from Universal and it's probable that the title will change." I really do love Pegg and am always looking forward to his next film. Although Run, Fatboy, Run wasn't phenomenal, Pegg was great anyway. And his upcoming schedule looks fun: Scotty and Paul. We'll be looking forward to the announcement of a director soon, too!